I always assumed that personal injury cases where pretty straight forward. After being in an accident, any financial losses that you suffered would be reimbursed by the liable party's insurance company. Unfortunately, things only work this way in a perfect world. In the real world, personal injury cases are extremely complex and getting the insurance company to pay a fair settlement requires the expertise of an experienced injury lawyer. Unfortunately, it took me several months to finally seek out the legal assistance I needed. As a result, I waited much longer than necessary to get the compensation I so desperately needed. During this time, I learned more about personal injury law than I ever thought I would. It is my hope that this blog will allow me to share that knowledge with you so that you can avoid making some of the same mistakes that I did.
Truck drivers that are not treated for sleep apnea have a much greater risk of getting in an auto accident. These drivers are five times as likely to have a preventable crash. There are treatments that have been found to be effective for treating sleep apnea. The treatment also often carries no out-of-pocket cost for many employer health insurance plans. However, some truck drivers may not seek the necessary treatment, causing them to be a danger on the road.
Sleep apnea is a condition which causes pauses in one's breathing. This can lead to a disruption of normal, healthy sleep. The grogginess that results from the disruption in sleep can lead to poor judgment and slow reaction times, which can increase the risk that a truck driver will get into an accident.
Sleep Deprivation And Truck Accidents
Truck accidents caused by human error are among the most common reasons for an accident. Drivers often drive too fast and do not hit the brakes soon enough, causing them to lose control and collide with other motorists. Sleep deprived truck drivers may not be careful enough on the road and collide with other motorists as a result.
New rules may be created in the future that will affect the requirements regarding who can work as a truck driver. If you are involved in an accident with a truck driver who has not met the requirements for operating a commercial truck, you should get in contact with a truck accident attorney who will work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Winning A Truck Accident Case
To win a case, you will need to prove that there is a duty of care. With the case of a truck driver, there is a duty of care that the driver be in a state in which he is able to drive safely. If it can be demonstrated that the truck driver suffers from sleep apnea and that this condition was not treated, this can be used as a justification to require that the trucking company pay damages.
In addition to sleep apnea, some drivers are sleep-deprived as they attempt to log in more hours to increase their incomes. While truckers are required to keep logs and to remain on the road under a maximum number of hours, some drivers and companies may not follow these regulations. But with the help of an attorney, the information necessary to win your case will be revealed by your attorney through the discovery process.Share